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Maison Souvannaphoum

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Ex-presidential home with pool & spa
- Central Luang Prabang location
- Mekong river cruises, waterfall swims
- Temple visits, alms ceremonies

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Overview

Previously owned by Laos’ four-time Prime Minister Prince Souvanna Phouma, Maison Souvannaphoum is a smart property in central Luang Prabang. The property boasts elegant French Laotian architecture, 24 lovely rooms and a luxurious spa, pool, and poolside restaurant serving Laotian and Indo-Chinese food.

There are four deluxe rooms in the original building named ‘La Residence’. Once Prince Souvanna’s rooms, they are beautifully furnished and feature partial pool views, a king-size bed, and a TV. Champagne breakfasts and afternoon teas can be delivered to ‘La Residence’ rooms on request. In addition, there are 20 rooms in the Garden Wing, all with king-size beds, balconies with views of the pool and garden, a TV, mini-bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Some rooms have interconnecting doors.

There’s plenty to enjoy at the hotel. The poolside restaurant, the Elephant Blanc, offers a 10-course tasting menu of the best of local Laotian cuisine, and Indo-Chinese food is also on offer. Meals are served al fresco on the pool terrace, or in the elegant restaurant. The award-winning on-site spa features a wide range of massage treatments.

Laos is still relatively untouched compared to the rest of South East Asia, and there’s a great deal to explore. The country only opened its doors to tourists in the late 1980’s and so Luang Prabang maintains its inherent natural charm, with no sense of being a ‘tourist trap’. Monks can be heard chanting their daily prayers just outside Maison Souvannaphoum and early risers can take part in the sacred Alms Giving ceremony in the mornings. Other local attractions include swimming in waterfalls, cruising down the Mekong River, and visiting one of the 33 temples in the area.

Children are welcome at Maison Souvannaphoum, and there are interconnecting rooms in the Garden Wing which are ideal for families. Parents should note that the pool is unfenced so children should be supervised at all times.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

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  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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